Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:36 pm
 
Pittsburgh would love to keep top wideout Wallace. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Colbert, as GM of the Steelers, is in a precarious position. Pittsburgh has little-to-no cap room and one of their top offensive players, wide receiver Mike Wallace, is a restricted free agent who's been viewed as a candidate for offer sheets from various AFC rivals.

2012 scouting combine coverage
Draft prospect rankings
Latest mock drafts
2012 NFL scouting combine More combine coverage
Combine blog | On iTunes | Newsletter

Colbert emphasized on Thursday at the NFL combine that the Steelers, despite rumors to the contrary, are still very much open to using the franchise tag on Wallace, even though it would tack on another $9.4 million to their salary cap.

"We won't know until we know what we're dealing with as far as cap space. So we have to leave that option open, absolutely," Colbert said. "The thing I can say for sure about Mike is that we want Mike to finish his career with the Steelers and we're confident that Mike wants to finish his career here and play with a great quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger and have the receivers we have to compliment him.

"We think he's only scratched the surface in what he can do. There's a lot left there that still can be developed and we're anxious to see it happen as a Steeler."

The Steelers are being hurt by changes to restricted free agent (RFA) rules in the new CBA; teams only have to surrender a first-round pick in exchange for Wallace if the Steelers decline to match any offer from someone else.

"The compensation is what it is," Colbert said. "We have to live within the rules and make the best decisions we can."

Cap space is the bigger issue, though. Even if the Steelers can get under the cap through cutting players and restructuring contracts, they'd still need to wiggle out another $10 million in order to easily bring Wallace back in 2012.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Franco dug his own hole, ended up making less with the Seahawks than the Steelers final offer to him.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

KEEP WALLACE AND GET RID OF RAPISTBERGER, 21 TD PASSES WITH 5 COMING IN 1 GAME!!!!!!!! IF BREES, BRADY, ROGERS, OR RIVERS HAD THE STEELER RECEIVERS THEY'D THROW 50 TD PASSES!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Honestly, while I love Wallace and hope they can keep him, I still think he is only their third best receiver next year, assuming he plays...Antonio Brown is going to better and I think Sanders might be just as good.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

They don't care where any of their players finish their career.  Just ask Hines Ward.  Or Franco Harris.  Or Rod Woodson.  Or... 

They might not care where they end their careers, but they do care about losing a young stud like Wallace now.  Maybe they will not care in 5 or 6 years. 

But what team really cares where players end their careers anymore.  Brett Favre and now it looks like Manning will not even end their careers with their teams.




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Especially if your a Bears fan like me. They dont do anything right! What will Pitt do to be able to afford him? 



Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Fans of other teams need to quit getting their hopes up. Mike Wallace isn't leaving Pittsburgh!



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

They don't care where any of their players finish their career.  Just ask Hines Ward.  Or Franco Harris.  Or Rod Woodson.  Or...



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

Please Chicago, if you are going to use your 1st pick on a receiver, Wallace is worth more than any risk in the draft. I'm begging you get this guy! 




Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Steelers want Wallace 'to finish his career here'

couldnt happen to a better team!!! 


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com